MADRID, 27 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Serbian forward Nikola Kalinic believes that he is now "a more complete player", an improvement that he hopes to transfer to his new team, a Barça that has been reinforced very well to form a squad that "can win the Euroleague".
"I am a player who will leave everything on the court. I will work as much as possible to win and have the confidence of the coach. I have worked hard to achieve that improvement and I think I have achieved it, I am a more complete player now," Kalinic said in a statement. interview to the official media of FC Barcelona.
The former Valencia Basket admits that previously, "perhaps", he preferred to stay "in the 'paint' doing a dirtier job, fighting for rebounds". "But I think now I've improved a lot offensively. Shots from the standstill, shots after coming off a dribble..." he opines.
Now, he will try to fit in with a team that "has done a great job with the signings." "He has incorporated great players and has made a team that can win the Euroleague. We have players with long experience, but we also have young people to do important things. I hope to live great moments with this shirt," he wished.
In any case, Kalinic does not forget that "it will be necessary to experience difficult moments throughout a season". "These are things that are part of the world of sports, but I am confident that we can overcome them by always being united," the forward remarked.
"Basketball is almost like my 'alter ego'. I always try to give everything I have on the court, I enjoy playing a lot, this sport has brought me very good memories, great friends, money. I love basketball and until this continues being like this, I will continue playing on a professional scale", underlined Kalinic about his link with this sport.
In addition, he explained that in his beginnings he was "inspired" by his compatriots Pedja Stojakovic and Milan Gurovic. "I saw the energy they had on the court, their ease in scoring, how we constantly moved, the passion they had and I have tried to follow in the footsteps of these great players, always giving everything and showing my passion for this sport," he said.